As a mother of two children, my heart has been heavy with the news of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. My thoughts and prayers are with all involved: the victims, their families, the lost shooter/his family and first responders. It is a lose-lose situation for everyone and I can’t even imagine the multiplied sorrow caused by this horrific crime.
Just last week, I received notification from my children’s Principals that our tri-campus had a lock down due to one of the students placed a picture of a gun in a car trunk on social media. When the Sherriff questioned the student, he said it was a joke. That’s not funny! I thank the Lord that my son and daughter returned home safely that day.
As a result of this latest incident, I’ve seen a lot of media surrounding gun control. In fact, there is talk of a march to Washington DC on March 24, 2018. I’ve been listening to both sides and it is a much debated topic. On the one hand, folks would like to see tougher gun control to keep guns out of people’s hands. On the other hand, citizens are fighting for our constitutional right to bear arms. One remark I saw on Facebook I pondered is “Guns have been in American homes for 200+ years and mass shooting have only been the past 30 years.” My fear is if there are strict gun control laws in the US, only criminals who don’t follow the rules will get illegal guns and law-abiding citizens will not be able to fight back on equal ground.
All this to say, I believe we need to find better ways to protect our precious children and other innocent bystanders. When it’s difficult for me to comprehend such evil, I lean on Jesus’ word in John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble. But, take heart! I have overcome the world.”
What are your thoughts on this topic? I’d love to hear your perspective.